Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon


(Classic City News/Jeff Snowden)

Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon? Would you like to glide in my beautiful balloon? We could float among the stars together, you and I

For we can fly, we can fly Up, up and away My beautiful, my beautiful balloon

The world's a nicer place in my beautiful balloon It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky

For we can fly, we can fly


Jimmy Webb's classic pop tune "Up, Up and Away" made popular by the Fifth Dimension five decades ago could easily have been the soundtrack at Sandy Creek Nature Center on Saturday when the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Division hosted its second annual Above Athens Balloon Festival.

More than one thousand people flocked to the nature center to admire and even take tethered rides in the brightly colored gas-powered balloons.

Festival-goers had the opportunity to learn about the balloons from their owners, who came from all over Georgia for the event.

They also got to enjoy live music and local food.


(Classic City News/Jeff Snowden)

(Classic City News/Jeff Snowden)


Kids get to see thin inside of a hot-air balloon at the Above Athens Balloon Festival (Classic City News/Jeff Snowden)

Rashe Malcolm serves up local cuisine at the Above Athens Balloon festival. (Classic City News/Jeff Snowden)

(Classic City News/Jeff Snowden)

Beau Shell serves customers from his Little Ice Cream Dude trailer (Classic City News/Jeff Snowden)

(Classic City News/Jeff Snowden)

Mr. Green Farms and Miss Melody perform at the Above Athens Balloon Festival. (Classic City News/ Jeff Snowden)


(Classic City News/Jeff Snowden)


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